Best restaurants in Malaga, Spain

Restaurants

You should know how lucky you are to be dining in Malaga! The best of traditional Andalucían cuisine meets the fresh fare of the Mediterranean here in Malaga. So loosen your belt and don’t be afraid to try something new! The restaurants are equally as important as the beaches and just as memorable.

La Galerna

Situated on the sea front at Pedregalejo, La Galerna has bright, bohemian decor and is the perfect place to relax and watch the world go by. Fresh juices and milk shakes are served all day at La Galerna, as well as cocktails, fine wines and some great food.

Open Monday to Tuesday, 12h – 01h
Wednesday, 11h – 17h and 21h – 24h
Thursday to Sunday, 12h – 01h

Paseo Marítimo El Pedregal

 

Café de Flores

This place has recently transformed itself into a hip hang out for smart, young locals. With the walls adorned by abstract art, talented DJ sessions, and its fantastic location in the up-and-coming Plaza Madre de Dios, this café by day / restaurant by night always serves up good food and compliments it with a sharp atmosphere and great music.

Open Tuesday to Sunday,13.30h – Late.
Calle Madre de Dios, 29.
Tel.: 952 60 85 24.

 

Lechuga

This place is fantastic for vegetarians, but it’s certainly not exclusive. The chefs are well known for international fusion cuisine like the Indian style bhajis, their many creative salads, refreshing hummus, and desserts to die for.

Plaza de la Merced, 1

 

Clandestino

This fusion restaurant of European and Latin cuisine is situated in a stylishly fun setting with brick walls and wooden tables. Great food and lots of vegetarian options available. The staff is young, pierced, tattooed, and are some of the sweetest people ever. The menu is vast, including obligatory seafood dishes, meats, and an array of salads. The desserts – namely the cheesecake – are devastatingly good.

Open from 13h to 01h
Calle Niño de Guevara, 3
Tel.: 952 21 93 90

 

El Trillo

El Trillo is one of Malaga’s most locally adoredd restaurants. Specialising in traditional fish and meat dishes, including the wonderful cod loin vizcaina and the more local wild boar with berries, this is the perfect place for a special occasion. An extensive wine list accompanies the innovative menu, and there are also plenty of vegetarian dishes to choose from.

Calle Esparteros, 8

Museums and art in Malaga City Center

Museums

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that history and culture are a point of pride here, enthusiastically promoted in Malaga’s numerous museums and monuments. From ancient archaeological treasures, to traditional Spanish pastimes, a famous local artist and hero, to the contemporary art that still emerges from this city – you have everything at your feet.

Picasso Birth House Museum

The Picasso Museum is housed in the Buenavista Palace, a Renaissance building from the 16th century and the most important example of noble architecture from the period. Tirelessly prolific, Picasso painted over 2,000 works.

More than 200 works including paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics and engravings testify to the magnitude of his prolific career, from its inception until the last academic paintings of the 70’s.

Open Tues – Thurs and Sun from 10h to 20h; Fri and Sat from 10h to 21h.
General admission: 6€

 

Malaga Aquarium

The Aquarium of Malaga has all kind of maritime recreations, with a variety of different sea species. It also has a part dedicated to life at sea where you can find ships, models, and other fishermen tools.

Open Monday to Friday, 10h – 14:30h
Calle Manuel Agustin Heredia, 35

 

Centre of Contemporary Art – CAC Malaga

In this museum you can find more than 400 different examples of mainly Spanish contemporary art from the 19th to 20th century.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11h – 14h and 17.30h – 21.30h
Calle Alemania

 

Bullfight Museum

Bullfighting art and history. Get an idea of this famous Spanish pasttime. Costumes and posters of their best fighters are exhibited.

Open Monday to Friday, 10h – 13h and 17h – 20h.
Plaza de Toros “La Malagueta” Paseo de Reding

 

Carmen Thyssen Museum

The collection includes the main genres in 19th century Spanish painting, paying special attention to Andalusian artists. There are more than 200 works on display at the mid 16th century Villalón Palace including “Santa Marina” by Zurbarán.

Then it continues with a section dedicated to Romantic landscapes and costumbrismo, depicting customs and manners, with works by Genaro Pérez Villaamil, Manuel Barrón, and the Domínguez Bécquer family.

Open Tues – Sun, 10h to 20h.
General Admission: €6, Reduced: €3,5.

 

Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum is located in the castle/ fortress La Alcazaba. It contains important archaeological findings from the Phoenician era to the Moorish epoch. Many of the findings were found under the restoration of La Alcazaba and include Roman sculptures and mosaics, Arab ceramics and other pre-historical findings.

Open Monday to Sunday, 09h – 20h

 

Picasso Birth House Museum

The Pablo Picasso Foundation Museum showcases original works by Pablo Picasso in its permanent collection and during temporary exhibitions.

The museum occupies the first floor of the building where the painter was born and lived the early years of his life. There are three rooms devoted to the different mediums used by Picasso, ceramics, prints and illustrated books.

Plaza de la Merced, 15

Open everyday from 09h30h – 20h
General admission: 1 €

Things to Do in Malaga by Oasis Backpackers Hostel

Things To Do in Malaga

Eating just-caught sardines by the sea is one of life’s great simple pleasures, and the beaches either side of Malaga are the perfect place to do it – particularly after a morning at the Picasso and Carmen Thyssen museums. Unlike some Spanish cities, it does not wind down in summer, and is particularly lively during the Malaga Fair in mid-August, when even the most reserved visitors might find themselves joining the locals for a twirl in the streets.

If you haven’t been for a while, you’ll be amazed at how it has been livened up. Chic boutiques, gastrobars and cool cafés have sprung up alongside the traditional taverns in the winding lanes in the heart of the city. Although there is plenty to see and do, Malaga is really a place to kick back and just enjoy the laidback Mediterranean vibe.

Below is guide comprised of some of our ” locals only” suggestions.

 

10 Things To Do

From perfectly sunny beach weather in summer and winter (yes, about 24 degrees in the winter months) to a number of museums and other cultural happenings like the Malaga film festival, to a vivid nightlife & bar scene and some great shopping districts.

 

Restaurants

You should know how lucky you are to be dining in Malaga! The best of traditional Andalucían cuisine meets the fresh fare of the Mediterranean here in Malaga. So loosen your belt and don’t be afraid to try something new!

The restaurants in Malaga are equally as important as the beaches and just as memorable.

 

Tapas

Renowned for its tapas bars, Malaga offers visitors some of the tastiest tapas in Spain; and favourites such as boquerones, tortilla, jamon Serrano, and fresh oysters can all be found in and around the city centre. Some of the better tapas joints are hidden away in the back streets of Malaga – and they are well worth seeking out.

 

Bars Clubs and Nightlife

Literally hundreds of bars to choose from in Malaga. Many located around the city centre and the Cathedral. Rivalling any of its ‘big city’ counterparts, Málaga has become one of the hippest night spots in all of Spain.

A variety of venues cater to all tastes, ranging from Spanish bars, to clubs spinning dance, techno, and house beats, with a number of hip-hop and reggae meccas and a vibrant gay scene.

People are slowly catching on to all the city has to offer after hours.

 

Flamenco and Live Music

Live music fills many of the night-time hang-outs of Malaga, and flamenco, having originated in southern Spain, is a popular standard. Though you can often trust your ears to locate a good venue, especially northwest of the Roman Theatre, we’ve got a few tips to get you started.

 

Festivals

The south of Spain is ready for a party anytime. Malaga is no exception. Year round there are a number of fantastic cultural events that bring the city to a fevered pitch in tradition, celebration and reverence. If you’re lucky enough to visit at the right time, festivals these events cannot be missed!

 

Museums

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that history and culture are a point of pride here, enthusiastically promoted in Malaga’s numerous museums and monuments. From ancient archaeological treasures, to traditional Spanish pastimes, a famous local artist and hero, to the contemporary art that still emerges from this city – you have everything at your feet.

Daytrips

Malaga enjoys a dreamy position on the Costa del Sol, located near stunning natural sites and a number of very cool, often overlooked destinations. An excursion out of the city is always a rewarding endeavour.

Best Flamenco and live music clubs and restaurants in Malaga, Spain

Flamenco and live music in Malaga

Live music fills many of the night-time hang-outs of Malaga, and flamenco, having originated in southern Spain, is a popular standard. Though you can often trust your ears to locate a good venue, especially northwest of the Roman Theatre, we’ve got a few tips to get you started.

 

Vino Mio

This is one of is the best flamenco restaurants in the city. Not only can you enjoy music and dancing along with some of the most creative and tasty international dishes available in Malaga, but they also host art exhibitions that change monthly. A complete and total feast for the senses – miss it and you’ll be sorry.

Calle Álamos, 11
www.restaurantevinomio.com/

Fortuna Club and Casino

20 minutes outside Malaga (best reached via taxi), the vibrant and colourful dancers at Fortuna Club and Casino enthusiastically tap their feet and clap to traditional flamenco music. The atmosphere is open and stylish and will have you sinking into your seat if you’re not up clapping and tapping along. Oh, and if you want something more (or if you’re feeling lucky), head to the ‘gambler’s grove’ and try a game of roulette before you leave. If you win, drinks are on you!

Avenida del Sol, Benalmádena

Kelipe

Northwest of Plaza de la Merced, Kelipe Flamenco Centre puts on truly authentic performances over the weekends starting at 21h30. The entry fee of €15 includes one drink and a tapa. It’s quite popular so during the busy season of summer you may want to reserve ahead. Kelipe also hosts lessons in guitar and dance on weekends. Ole!

Calle Peña, 11
Tel.: 692 829 885
www.kelipe.net

 

ZZ Pub

A funky late night club where you can elbow yourself in on Mondays and Thursdays to indulge in a little hip gyrating to the regular live bands. This club is popular with students – and for good reason. Vibrant, cool, and hosting great performances that draw in locals and visitors of like-minded taste.

Calle Tejón y Rodriguez, 6

Best festivals in Malaga and southern Spain

Festivals

The south of Spain is ready for a party anytime. Malaga is no exception. Year round there are a number of fantastic cultural events that bring the city to a fevered pitch in tradition, celebration and reverence. If you’re lucky enough to visit at the right time, festivals these events cannot be missed!

Malaga Carnival

Malaga Carnival takes place during February or March every year, it marks the lead up to Lent. The Carnival is a good excuse for people to let loose and indulge before the frugal Lent period arrives.

The Carnival includes parades of costumed dancers and streams of performers, and characters in mask, the most famous of these performances are the traditional ¨murga¨ (street bands) temporary stages are set up in Plaza del Carbon, Plaza de los Martires, and Plaza de los Flores, to host the performances, which often go on until the small hours of the following morning. The parade reaches its peak on the last Sunday of the celebrations.

The parade travels from Esperanza Bridge to La Malagueta beach, where the traditional “burial of the sardine” takes place, to mark the end of their indulgence, and a movement into Lent.

Night of San Juan

The Night of San Juan is said to be magical and enchantedand takes place on the 23rd of June, marking the Summer Solstice. At Midnight on the 23rd, figurines called Juas (usually charicatures of public figures) stuffed with flammable substances such as paper and sawdust are burned on a bonfire.

It is not uncommon for participants to bring old furniture to burn, to keep the fire going. As the fire subsides, a competition begins, people begin to jump across the remaining flames, whilst others continue to dance around the fire.

There are myths which say that if you bath in the sea at Midnight you will receive eternal beauty, but then, many people look better wet anyways.

 

Picasso Month

The month of October marks the anniversary of the birth of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. To celebrate this anniversary a series of conferences, art exhibitions, concerts, and competitions are hosted across the city.

Popular activities are put together by The Pablo Ruiz Picasso Foundation and Malaga Town Hall. Each year they try to focus on a different aspect of Picasso’s work. At the end of the celebrations, a grant is awarded to an aspiring artist.

 

Semana Santa

The celebration of La Semana Santa is a tradition across the southern Spain. It celebrates the different stages of the Via Crucis (the way of Christ). It is one of the busiest weeks in Malaga’s calendar, the city becomes enveloped in cheerful music and good spirit.

To mark the event, all of the Hermandades (Fraternities) of Malaga take their journey of penitence through the city they carry with them large floats holding images of Christ and the Virgin.

The floats have been known to weigh up to 5 tons, and are carried by Hombres de Tronos (the throne men) across the city in full public view, it is quite a sight to behold.

 

Procession of the Virgin of Victory

The procession of La Virgen de la Victoria is celebrated on the 8th September every year. It marks the victory of Ferdinand and Isabel´s victory over the Moors.

The occasion is marked by a speech, typically given at midday by a local celebrity, followed by a procession from Nuestra Señora de la Victoria Church, to the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall).

Procession de los Reyes

This is the celebration of the Epiphany, on the 5th and 6th of January. It takes place in the City Centre. At 5pm on the 5th January, the Kings arrive at the port, and a child reads to them a letter, requesting gifts for all the children in Malaga.

Then the parade begins, it travels from Paseo del Parque to the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall), with a series of floats passing through the streets, carrying Los Reyes (The Kings) Gaspar, Melchior and Baltasar, they lead the parade, whilst throwing small gifts and sweets into the crowds for the children.

The occasion is marked by 12 festive processions and 5 bands. After the parade, a festival takes place – organised by the post office with a series of colourful performers.

Best daytrips from Malaga city

If you are visiting Malaga city, there are some daytrips from there that you shouldn’t miss

Malaga enjoys a dreamy position on the Costa del Sol, located near stunning natural sites and a number of very cool, often overlooked destinations. An excursion out of the city is always a rewarding endeavour.

El Chorro and Camino del Rey

Walk El Caminito Del Rey with us! Also known as the King’s Pathway, this is a very unusual walkway, now fallen into disrepair, pinned along the steep walls of the narrow gorge of El Chorro, near Malaga (approximately 2 hours drive from Gibraltar).

The walkway has now gone many years without maintenance, and is in a highly deteriorated state. It is approx 1m wide, and is over 200m (700ft) above the river. Nearly the entire path has no handrail.

Some parts of the walkway have completely collapsed and have been replaced by a (Via Ferrata) beam and a metallic wire on the wall.

Marbella and Puerto Banús

Puerto Banus, as we know it, began its development in the early 70’s on one of the most beautiful spots in Marbella. It was designed and developed by Jose Banús, who was actually a very close friend of the dictator Franco.

This astonishing settlement, with its distinctive style in such amazing weather all year round, has always been one of the favourite destinations of the rich and famous worldwide. In the actual Marina and in the surrounding areas, you can find plenty of designer Boutiques and good Restaurants.

 

El Torcal de Antequera

La Sierra del Torcal is situated some ten kilometres from the town of Antequera which, with its eastern foothills, the Sierra Pelada, results in an awesome view of majestic mountain ranges punctuated by intriguing rock formations and angles.

Observed from any direction, the heavy, solid form of the Sierras belies the morphological world which lies all but hidden between the mountain peaks. In order to enter this magical world, it is necessary to climb the steep inclines and delve far and beyond the mountain protagonist.

For millions of years, water has penetrated the rocks and chiselled out strange figures and formations like some crazed sculptor at work.

 

Ronda

The beautiful and historic town of Ronda is one of the most visited towns in Andalucia with most people arriving on day excursions from the Costa del Sol. It lies some 60km up a winding mountain road from Marbella.

On this excursion you will visit Spain’s oldest bullring and the historic quarter which is reminiscent of the Arab age with a medieval layout.

 

Nerja and Frigiliana

Enjoy a full day excursion from the Costa del Sol to Nerja and Frigiliana. Frigiliana is a beautiful, white Malaga village that maintains the essence of Andalucia. In Nerja you will get a chance to visit it’s prehistoric cave with impressive auditoriums and galleries.

Enjoy the panoramic views at the foot of the Almijara mountain range.

Uso de cookies

Este sitio web utiliza cookies para que usted tenga la mejor experiencia de usuario. Si continúa navegando está dando su consentimiento para la aceptación de las mencionadas cookies y la aceptación de nuestra política de cookies. ACEPTAR

Aviso de cookies